just an initial report. i'll add more after i strip and clean the old girl up.
date code is 'kmm = may of 1943. there is also an anchor stamped by the date code. navy or coast guard usage? who knows...maybe my father used this rifle at the great lakes naval academy during ww2! heheh!
the bore is dirty, but looks to be in good shape.
the bolt knob/handle is devoid of finish. bolt electro-penciled with serial number (a match to the stamped serial number on the underside of the bbl.).
the front sight is the military ramp and, unfortunately, it does not appear that there is a dovetail under this one. the rear sight mounting bracket/adapter is included.
the trigger is a bit heavy, but short and crisp.
this one has a 'military finish'. it appears to be some kind of blued bbl. and action. the finish rates a 'good' to 'very good', except for the bolt knob and for some reason the trigger guard is very worn (all other hardware attached to the wood is in much better shape...go figure.). the magazine well is almost 100%...perhaps a replacement part?
the wood is rough....rating a 'fair', at best. fortunately, it will clean up and refinish to 'good' or better as there are no cracks or splits and all the dings and scrapes are minor. some light sanding, some steaming and a pint of boiled linseed oil will get is back into a presentable condition.
cartouches include 'fja', the crossed cannons and '3g' in a rectangle (i wonder what that one means?).
the rifle is minus the magazine and rear sight (i have spares for both) as advertised, but did include the front sling swivel.
so far, i think is a $100 'bargain'.
and...you have to love a government that will fed-ex a rifle right to your door! no ffl required.